Congratulations to Elswick’s Gillian Allen who has been selected to represent England in the masters marathon event on 7th October in Chester. Gillain’s competition will be against a Celtic nations combined team.
Gillian has already started well in her preparations, finishing 1st female at last night’s Kirkley 10 km road race with a 40.30 finishing time. Elswick’s ever improving Andrew Ball was placed second overall in the race in 37.32, so a fine team collective medal haul. Dean Pepperell placed 11th in 40.29. David Jardin placed 24th in 43.37 and Brian Stonehouse placed 51st in 50.09. Congratulations and well done to all of our runners last night. All of last nights results can be found here > Kirkley 10km results
A second consecutive week of success for Elswick at a Run Nation event. At Stamfordham 10k on 20 June, Gina Howorth was the first lady in a course record time of 40.44. Andrea Banner was second lady in 42.18, closely followed by Peter Sloan in 42.45, who took the V60 prize. A clean sweep for Elswick in the team prizes with both the male and female team claiming first prize. The men’s team consisted of Peter Sloan (15th), David Jardin (44.39, 23rd) and Brian Stonehouse (50.34, 58th); the women’s team Gina Howorth (9th), Andrea Banner (15th) and Lindsey Grant (47.02, 32nd). Father and daughter duo Phil and Charlotte Baston completed the Elswick line-up finishing in 51.44 (38th) and 47.36 (63rd) respectively.
Gina back in winning form – 1st lady at Stamfordham 10K
On the same night was the popular Weetslade Relays. The event was won by Morpeth Harriers in 41.46 with Tyne Bridge in second place in 45.21. There was a spectacularly close finish with Tyne Bridge Harrier’s third leg runner James Dunce just pipping Elswick’s Justina Heslop to the post, putting Elswick into third place. It was a fine performance by the trio of Andrew Bell, Jason Old and Justina. Andrew gave the team a great start by finishing in fifth place, with Jason taking the team into second place. Justina was up against predominantly male competitors in the final leg and she did so well to bring the team home in 45.26, just 5 seconds behind Tyne Bridge. It was great to see Justina back in action after the birth of her second daughter.
We had a further five teams out in force, as follows:
19th Martin Connelly, Cath Lee, Andrew Ball 48.35
45th Richard Houghton, Melissa Bateson, Shaun Connelly 53.35
51st Mike Russell, Amy Brown, Mark McNally 53.53
62nd Daniel Nettle, Marie Drozdovich, Andy Middleton 56.04
85th Steve Curry, Lalage Brown, Tom Hanson 1.0045
Well done to everyone who took part ensuring that we had six complete teams, being the maximum number permitted per club. And thanks to everyone who expressed an interest in taking a place in the team. There will be further relays coming up, so hopefully many more can have a go.
Anita Nott – Women’s only 5k race – Jesmond Dene – Monday 25 June
This continues to be a popular race in June with 457 women turning out to compete on the steeply undulating Jesmond Dene/Heaton Park course. In memory of Heaton Harrier’s Anita Nott deceased, the race this year was aptly won by Danielle Smythe of Heaton in a time of 18.37. Four ladies of Elswick took part and were rewarded with impressive times in spite of the warm climes and sharp inclines. First home was Amy Heptinstall in 22.58 (50th), Mary Lisle in 24.23 (76th), Donna Stokes in 28.12 (183rd) and Irene Henderson in 31.41 (286th and 5th in the V65 category).
Lots more mid-week racing to look forward to. Next week is the Tynedale 10K with its pie and pea supper, this year hosted at the Adam and Eve pub. Entries can be submitted on-line and all numbers are to be collected on the night. For details go to